Originally trained in oboe, French horn, guitar, and piano, from a young age, Matt’s interests quickly turned to writing and producing his own music, from weird sound-scape electronica, breakbeat, house, trance and acoustic music, under the alias ‘Purple Mist’, whilst at the same time listening to all range of music, preferring bands such as Slipknot and Slayer, and artists like Jean Michele Jarre.
After the boarding school education finishing in 2004, Matt went to the ACM Guildford, and formed a metal band by the name of ‘Fate Preordained’ to keep his vocal talent alive, smoking got the better of him after a short while and he was unable to perform anymore as a vocalist, and the band broke up.
During his time at the ACM, Matt’s music interests changed from hard house and heavy metal to mostly drum n bass and he continued producing in that genre for a number of years, leaving the ACM receiving a higher national diploma in contemporary music production, a vast musical knowledge, and the ability to mix on Vinyl in 2005.
2007/2008 saw the birth of Scratch. Named because his early home recorded promo CD’s that he never put in cases were normally so scratched that they wouldn’t play, before they had reached the listener!
The habit faded as he switched to digital media, but the name stuck.
In mid 2008, MATT:Scratch became homeless and spent the next couple of years bumming around, staying on friends sofas and squatting around Guildford. In February 2009, Scratch moved into the infamous Mothership, and dropped the drum n bass for an acid techno phase under the direction of Zac Braincandy (New Age Tramp), forming the duo ‘Scratch n Sniff’.
Scratch began wondering how to combine the dance floor effect of drum n bass and techno, with the sonic impact of heavy fast paced metal. Settling on the idea of breakcore and gabber/hardcore, at a ridiculous BPM after he saw crowds of knees buckle to the sounds of the wrong music afternoon at Glade festival 2009. Now, aspiring to the likes of Shitmat, Life4Land, Bong-Ra, and Venetian Snares.
MATT:Scratch’s Surrey-ite style intense breakcore, includes amen break tomfoolery, glitchy percussive effects, thunderous gabber kicks, and wobbly sub bass, a nice treat for the ears…
MATT:scratch Discography Tracks
|CCR008||MATT:scratch||Apple Core (13xFile, MP3, Album, 320)||Core Collective Records||CCR008||UK||2012|
|LEGS-NET 081||MATT:Scratch||All In Good Time (12xFile, FLAC, Album)||Legs Akimbo Records||LEGS-NET 081||UK||2014|
Singles & EPs
|Amen 4 Tekno 01||Mandidextrous* / Matt:Scratch||Mandidextrous* / Matt:Scratch - Amen 4 Tekno 01 (12")||Amen 4 Tekno||Amen 4 Tekno 01||UK||2014||Sell This Version|
|none||MajorUpset, InterGhost, Jamin Nimjah, OmniRhythm, Black Orchid (9), MATT:scratch, Meow Meow!, Matheus, Dirty Chronic||MajorUpset, InterGhost, Jamin Nimjah, OmniRhythm, Black Orchid (9), MATT:scratch, Meow Meow!, Matheus, Dirty Chronic - LEMTEK 001 - Zesty Brain Juice (File, MP3, WAV, Comp)||Lemtek||none||UK||2014|
|A4T18||MATT:scratch||Drum And Bass Wise (File, MP3, 320)||Amen 4 Tekno||A4T18||UK||2011|